Commission Purpose and Charge

The purpose of the Presidential Commission on Sustainability is to serve as an advisory body on matters of environmental sustainability at KSU. The commission is tasked with:                                                                                             

  1. Assisting University faculty, staff, and students in developing and delivering sustainability education through its curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities;

  2. Promoting the principles of environmental sustainability and preservation in our community by fostering social equity in access to, and the fiscally responsible use of, natural resources;

  3. Assisting the administration, faculty, and staff in monitoring the University’s greenhouse gas emissions, as a signatory institution of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and in determining and meeting the goals of the University’s Climate Action Plan.

All Commissions are charged by and report to the President through the University's Chief Diversity Officer.

  • Academic Year 2016-2017


    Matthew Weand (Chair)
    Ed Akins II (Past Chair)
    R.C. Paul (Past Chair)
    Aisha Cheeks
    Andrew Yakimovich
    Brandi Williams
    Craig VanDevere
    Debra Mahan
    Emily Williams
    Jennifer Wilson
    Jodie Sweat
    John Anderson
    Julie Newell
    Liza Davis
    Luc Noiset
    Melissa McMahon
    Maria Kalamas
    Michael Hartzell
    Michael Sanseviro
    Vanessa Slinger Friedman

    Student Representatives

    Adrienne Jackson
    Caitlyn Smith

  • January
    Date: January 13, 2017
    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Location: I1-120

    Date: February 10, 2017
    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Location: SO 4060

    Date: March 10, 2017
    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Location: I1-120

    Date: April 14, 2017
    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Location: SO 4060

  • To request a copy of past meeting minutes, please email Mary Zaher,
  • The Presidential Commission on Sustainability advises on sustainable tasks and topics at varying scales. Viewed with local, regional and national emphasis, these scales of advisement have synergies and overlaps that contribute to the resiliency, applicability, and ecological footprint of our actions as a University body. It is vitally important for the commission to maintain this scalar focus as we continue to seek support and reinvestment in our collective "natural capital" and as we continue to push forward as leaders in the area of environmental stewardship and ecological literacy within our curriculum.

    Earth Day:

    • Eco Fairs: Booths, Activities, Cooking, Composting, & Solar Oven Demonstrations
      -Kennesaw Campus - Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Campus Green
      -Marietta Campus - Thursday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Stingers
    • Eco Panel: Thursday, April 21, 4:00 PM Marietta Campus I-2 Building's Auditorium
    • Sustainability Campus Tour: Friday April 22, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
      - meet at the Student Center Patio, Kennesaw Campus


    • Review and support of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to guide campus activities and meet new revisions in the ACUPCC to lead efforts towards "Climate Resilience and Adaptability."
    • Support and assist the creation of student organizations across disciplines that focus on ecological topics.
    • Continue to work towards supporting EARTHDAY events and prioritize this as our major campus presence.
    • Support a campus tree audit and annual tree plantings (establishing a link to Arbor Tree Services Program for Campuses).
    • Help provide content / participants for the Sustainability Career Fair to be held in February each year.
    • Continue our open communication with KSU planning and facilities via the new Office of Planning and Sustainability on the Marietta Campus to prioritize activities and opportunities that decrease the ecological footprint of our combined campuses and operations.


    • Support and encourage low impact transportation options for staff, administration, faculty, students, and visitors.
    • Monitor legislation that impacts campus environments.
    • Seek and raise awareness of engagement opportunities that integrate our campuses into their local environments and communities.


    • Monitor sustainable actions and initiatives at peer universities to maintain relevance and leadership and to encourage engagement in our colleges to participate in ecologically relevant competitions and learning opportunities.
    • Continue our campus monitoring and assessments to include the GHG reporting that we provide to the national American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (APUPCC).